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need advise from cat lovers   

Posted by rachlan - Sep 30, 2013 - 12:05pm
sorry to be so absent then come to you all with my problems.....
I think of you all often, i'm here but just not here....

so here it is....
kitty (natacha) has been doing great at 18.  and she is so sweet, affectionate, and so incredibly patient with lily. really.  she never runs away from her and even is calm when lily (who just turned 3) is a little rough with her.

Lily has been complaining for a while about her "cough". i wouldn't really notice it except she has been talking about it for a year.  in the morning she has to clear her throat.  she also seems a little nasal. starting about a month ago lily started sneezing.  a lot.  like five times in a row. and has had post nasal drip. she is quite uncomfortable and says so.  i have gotten a referral for an allergist but i haven't made the appointment.  it seemed to make sense it was ragweed from other peoples experience and from the news...   but she sneezes before bed in a room that the windows are never opened.

this morning when kitty came it to say good morning lily sneezed.  i wondered if kitty caused her sneeze.  lily wouldn't answer. i asked out loud if she could be allergic to kitty.  she said yes.  i thought maybe she was just being agreeable (she does that sometimes).  i tried asking it in the negative to see if she would agree.  then i tried asking if she ever noticed herself sneezing around kitty.  she said yes.  i was still not convinced.  she then looked at me, went over to kitty, sneezed four times then moved away and stopped sneezing....

i remember reading something about a new vaccine specifically aimed at the allergen for cat allergy.  so i asked lily if it was really important that she live with kitty (hoping she would be on board to get a vaccine if needed then all would be solved)  her answer was that she would miss me a lot.  i didn't understand so i asked again a little differently, her answer was that she wanted to live with me.

i have to admit that there were times when lily was a little rough with kitty, i told her that kitty was very old, should be respected, and was living here long before she was... (i didn't mean it to be mean, just to explain how important and respected kitty should be)

anyway, nothing has been proven.  we have not been to the allergist yet. and i am in shock and denial.  this is (if i was not still in shock or denial) devastating.  unfortunately i just looked up the vaccine and it is in phase three of the approval process.  any advise?

(maybe writing this has made it a little more real.  i don't know how i am going to pick lily up in an hour then have a new client....   i guess i have to splash lots of water on my face before leaving)
12 comments on this journal entry.

rachlan Avatar

Location: nyc

Posted: Oct 4, 2013 - 12:06pm

thanks again everyone.  {#Hug}

wow i totally panicked. slowly trying things.   i don't know why i seem to have zero time.  Beanie and Alexandra you gave great hope considering you guys are allergic. it really made me realize it will all be okay.  I'll try everything including the ionizer.  Miamizun that is an interesting situation....


miamizsun Avatar

Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)

Posted: Oct 1, 2013 - 6:00am

i see a similar situation with my neighbor

he is a self admitted cat lover

however, his newish girlfriend is highly allergic

did i mention that he is going to marry this woman?

he has implemented hepa filters and designated a cat area in his home and she still can't spend much time there

they are currently living at her place

and he continues researching more options

(to me it seems likely that the two cats involved will be relocated)

i'll let you know what happens

good luck



meower Avatar

Location: i believe, i believe, it's silly, but I believe

Posted: Oct 1, 2013 - 4:29am

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Alexandra Avatar

Location: PNW

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 10:03pm

Since your last post, I feel I should stress again - ionizers. They're only about $30-40 depending what kind you get, and far cheaper/more convenient than doctor visits, shots, meds, and having to do things to your cat. Definitely worth a try.

Skaterella Avatar

Location: jrzy

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 5:40pm

rub your cat with a fabric softener sheet. it emolsifies the protein & you can wash it off with a dru shampoo.  it is suppossed to work . you have to do it every week or so.
 i heard about it on the radio from a man who trains animals for movies & theatre.  the star of some broadway show was allergic to cats & he researched it & did it & it worked.

Antigone Avatar

Location: A house, in a Virginian Valley

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 4:02pm

No ideas from me, sorry. No cats or kids, and no (for now) allergies. Listen to the other, more knowledgeable folks.

But have a anyway.

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helenofjoy Avatar

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 3:32pm

Bless your heart!  These folks all have great ideas here!  Also, diet affects the body's allergic reactions more than realized.  Good luck!   {#Good-vibes}{#Meditate}

rachlan Avatar

Location: nyc

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 2:25pm

thanks everyone

i guess i kinda freaked out.

vacuum more.... okay

there is a lot that can be done.  i will empty out the bedroom and air it a bit.

and look at everything the health food store has to offer

and go to the doctor.......

she is always playing in the dirt and goes to school 5 days (for three  hours) and eats off the ground.  and licks the bottom of shoes, and other stuff that should make her immune system and everything else as strong as can be.  she never gets sick...  why oh why.... 

Beanie Avatar

Location: under the jellicle moon

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 1:12pm

I am allergic to cats. However, I have four cats home.

if you are very careful about vacuuming and keeping any of the upholstery clean (in this case, that means vacuuming your couches and chairs several times a week) it's possible to live in a house full of cats despite the fact that you were allergic to them.

The wipes that Scott describes below actually works pretty well for keeping the cat itself from causing contact allergies. 

I'm also a big fan of children's Claritin.

It might not hurt you to let Lily spend more time playing in the dirt; having her exposed to allergens and other pathogens and her environment will keep her from having overreactions to tiny allergens in her home.   her allergies might also go away after you get her into preschool, and her immune system is busy fighting off all those germs that other little grubby kids carry around with them!

good luck! 
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Alexandra Avatar

Location: PNW

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 12:55pm

I overcame my allergy to Ceili (complete with asthma) by using one of those ionizers - and running it constantly until my body had a chance to acclimate to the dander in lesser amounts. Sort of how a vaccine works.
An ionizer zaps allergens out of the air, but you have to vaccum a lot to get rid of particles completely.
I also followed up with sublingual homeopathic pet allergy tablets from a healthfood store, for good measure.
I hope it works for you!      
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ScottFromWyoming Avatar

Location: Powell

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 12:41pm

Stop by a pet store and look for some of those "allergen wipes" that you use on the cat. You wipe down your cat with one every day, they pick up loose hair and dander. Keep the cat out of the bedroom, because if the cat's napping on her bed/pillow all day, they're dropping a lot of dander there. Maybe get a vacuum with a hepa filter and/or a standalone HEPA filter for the room. I think it's mostly that you want to brush/clean the cat daily, and vacuum/wash rugs, upholstery and bedding frequently. Make sure you're getting some fresh air into the place, too.

If you can reduce the amount of allergens in the air overall, then her body will probably be able to build up some resistance and tolerate a smaller amount. I doubt you'll need to get rid of the cat, if that's what you're worried about. 
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JrzyTmata Avatar

Posted: Sep 30, 2013 - 12:11pm

I don't know what to tell you about the cat and LIly except wait and see what the allergist says about treating Lily's symptoms.